New program will provide internet service to millions of people in marginalized areas



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A man in a rural area checks his cell phone.

The program aims to connect more than half of the 8.3 million Mexicans without internet

More than 7,500 marginalized, mostly rural communities, which currently lack Internet service, are expected to be connected thanks to a federal government program.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) will provide Internet services to some 4.8 million people in 7,537 communities through the 2021-2022 Social Security Program (PCS).

The communities are part of more than 77,000 places across Mexico where there is no internet coverage, according to MTS, affecting 8.3 million people.

Of the communities that will benefit from the PCS, 99.3% are in rural areas and almost 60% have a large indigenous or Afro-Mexican population. More than 1,300 of the communities have high or very high marginalization rates and 376 are the administrative centers of the communes in which they are located.

According to MTS, installing internet services in communities will reduce inequalities and help people stay connected to each other.

77,219 communities do not have Internet access (in red) while 112,269 communities have Internet access (in green), according to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT).
In Mexico, 77,219 communities do not have Internet access (in red) while 112,269 communities have Internet access (in green), according to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport. SICT

“The health emergency in Mexico generated by [COVID-19] underlined the essential role of telecommunications, especially Internet services, ”the ministry said.

“As a public policy tool, PCS 2021-22 will help reduce the digital divide in Mexico … [and] reduce the negative effects of the pandemic on the least protected social and economic sectors. “

With reports of Reforma


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